Artist Profile: Kerry Thompson



Ngati Paoa
Carver

In 1992 Kerry was a jade tutor for the Whangaroa Trust in Kaeo ( a small township North of Auckland). After receiving a grant through Te Waka Toi (Maori Arts Board of Creative New Zealand) he became self-employed as a greenstone and bone carver in 1994.

Kerry works with many mediums including: Jade, Bone, Mother of Pearl, Wood, Glass, Opal, Coral, Ivory and precious and semi precious stones.

“Most of my works are of a contemporary Maori design, and I am greatly influenced by the beauty and nature that surrounds me. I have the satisfaction of being able to produce fine sculptures and feel greatly fortunate that I am able to care for the needs of my family by being involved in a work that I love.”

Kerry is a master of traditional bone, jade and mixed media wearable art. Kerry is one of New Zealand’s best known and most skilled carvers with an unmistakable style that speaks of the deep respect he has for his gift, his culture and his people.